ermghoti

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  1. Hooks are about 1000% more important than the stuff we all spend 100s of dollars on.
  2. If they are priced proportionately to the Suzukis, I guarantee you'll sell at least one of the 10' 3-10s. That would fix my heavy jigging rod problem.
  3. I have a Daiwa BG4000 on my 9'6", which seems about right. If you want to go super feathery, you could go a size or two smaller.
  4. I don't care what they don't sell, they pledged to attack the second amendment. They will never see a dime from me.
  5. Not tough enough for "bridge fishing."
  6. Or a wet fly, if you want to play on maximum difficulty.
  7. Bread works, oatmeal, canned corn, garbanzos, etc etc etc. Add salt and sugar judiciously; in the cold water they will readily dissolve and provide a scent trail. Chum a bit, not too much in the cold months when they are less active. For best results, also chum when you aren't fishing, so they start to acknowledge your bait as a food source. Either rig as light as possible, even to the point that you're drifting, and strike at line twitches, use a balanced float, or a heavier weight and a self-hooking rig. Given their decreased winter metabolism, and the foot traffic, expect slow results, but persistence will pay off. If you're catching and releasing, don't lift them by the gills or mouth at all, they lack a muscular/bony structure around the mouth, and can easily be fatally injured.
  8. Hm. The crappie mouth sounds familiar. I just had the one, it was maybe 12". You could definitely see light through it, organs were visible, etc.
  9. Are we talking about the same fish? They are no-take in MA now, which is sensible. They used to be no limit, but I only ever saw one. You could literally see light through it; obviously, there was next to no meat. Good numbers of winter flounder, with yellow tails mixed in, which fight and eat about the same. Never tried to catch one on artificials, but their mouths are too small for most of the jigs discussed here. A half a sea worm on a #4 kahle hook is my favorite, chum with a handful of corn, and jig gently from time to time (from a dock or boat), or scoot the rig slowly along the bottom.
  10. Prototypes are off to a good start!
  11. Nice! I have a hole in my collection where that 3-10 oz 10' should be.
  12. Yes. Boat fishing, had a no name snap swivel above a leader I'd thrown on to try a live bait. It should have been the strongest part of the rig except the hook (80lb swivel tied to 50lb braid or something similar), but it failed on what was probably a big bluefish. Snap pulled open with a moderate drag setting.
  13. That's nuts. I have the factory version, biggest I've caught was a schoolie about 18" or so. I'd call mine untested, but I wouldn't have suspected it would be part of a sailfish rig.
  14. I found a football field, and got in a few hucks before a bunch of kids showed up. 9'6" Black Hole Suzuki, BG4000, 20lb J Braid, 10 yards of 30lb shock leader with an FG knot. Payload was a 2.oz Kastmaster, using a suspended overhead thump like I would on a jetty or wading. The field confirmed what the seat of my pants, and pacing off a couple casts on the sand told me: 65-70 yards. That sound about right? I'm not in peak form, hitting 10-15 right of my target consistently, I didn't bother accounting for the angle in the distances.
  15. Cut in half, discard the upper carapace. Depending on hook size, I usually break the half into a quarter. In the first leg/body knuckle, out the last. Leave the legs for a larger profile and improved wiggliness. At the first tap, lower the rod tip, wait a half a beat, and set the hook.